Top UK bookies, William Hill, have made the decision to pull out of the Chinese online gambling market this week due to regulatory reasons beyond their control.
As of 19th August 2013, players who are located in China will no longer be able to enjoy the operator’s online gaming and sports-betting offerings, and those who have credit in their accounts will be able to withdraw their money.
All forms of gambling are banned in China, other than in a special administrative region – Macau, and on a cruise ship which operates 24 hours-a-day in Yantai City. While many online gambling operators were hoping that China would relax its regulations (the government currently does not issue licenses for online operators), it seems as though the Chinese government are taking actions to the contrary, cracking down on a number of online casinos and betting sites by cracking down on offshore websites that are run by Chinese operators.
However, the residents of China who are determined to continue playing online are managing to find ways around the strict governmental regulations, as some offshore companies still accept players from the country. Many locals also choose to travel to the administrative region of Macau, which in recent years has been dubbed the new Las Vegas.